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We are all too busy many days. Having a slow cooker means that you can prepare it in the morning and come home to a meal ready to go. Here is a collection of Crock-Pot recipes to try and enjoy.

Slow-Cooker Pepperoni Pizza Dip Recipe

Pizza toppings are mixed and melted, then served with veggie dippers. A great way to eat those vegetables!

Ingredients

  • 1 jar (14 ounces) pizza sauce
  • 1 cup chopped turkey pepperoni, (from 6-ounce package)
  • 8 medium green onions, chopped (1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 can (2 1/4 ounces) sliced ripe olives, drained
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (4 ounces)
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened and cubed
  • Broccoli flowerets, cherry tomatoes and carrot sticks, if desired

Directions

  1. Mix pizza sauce, pepperoni, onions, bell pepper and olives in 1 1/2-quart slow cooker.
  2. Cover and cook on low heat setting 3 to 4 hours or until mixture is hot.
  3. Stir in mozzarella cheese and cream cheese until melted. Serve with vegetables for dipping. Note: This recipe was tested in slow cookers with heating elements in the side and bottom of the cooker, not in cookers that stand only on a heated base. For slow cookers with just a heated base, follow the manufacturer’s directions for layering ingredients and choosing a temperature.

Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate Recipe

Take a sip of this unbelievably rich hot chocolate and you’ll discover how great slow-cooking can be for hot chocolate.

Ingredients

Hot Chocolate

  • 4 oz. unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 1 (6-oz.) pkg. (1 cup) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 (14-oz.) can sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated)
  • 2 quarts (8 cups) milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla

Toppings

  • Whipped cream
  • Miniature marshmallows
  • Miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • Chocolate cookie crumbs

Directions

  • In 3 1/2 or 4-quart slow cooker, combine unsweetened chocolate, chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk; mix well.
  • Cover; cook on High setting for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes or until chocolate is melted.
  • With wire whisk, stir in 2 cups of the milk until smooth. Gradually stir in remaining 6 cups milk and vanilla.
  • Cover; cook on High setting an additional 2 hours or until hot.
  • Just before serving, stir mixture again with wire whisk. Reduce heat setting to Low; have guests ladle hot chocolate into cups and top as desired.

Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe

The cold winter gives you the perfect excuse to barricade inside, cozy up on the couch, and watch some Netflix.  It’s also the best time of the year to pull out the slow cooker for amazing recipes like this Chicken Tikka Masala and make it at home rather than order it in.

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs chicken breasts, cut into 1½-inch chunks
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
  • 1 (29 oz.) can of tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Garam masala
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust according to your heat preference)
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cup / 250 ml heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder (arrowroot powder acts like cornstarch)
  • Juice of ½ lemon

Directions

  1. Grease the inside of your crockpot bowl with a bit of olive oil. Set aside.
  2. Combine all ingredients (except for bay leaves, heavy cream, arrowroot powder, and lemon juice) in a large bowl. With a large large spatula, stir to combine everything, making sure that the chicken is well coated.
  3. Pour the mixture into the slow cooker and place the two bay leaves on top.
  4. Cover and cook for 8 hours on low (or 4 hours on high).
  5. When done, in a small bowl combine heavy cream and arrowroot powder (or cornstarch), and gently stir into the mixture. Let cook an additional 20 minutes to thicken up.
  6. Finally add lemon juice and gently stir to incorporate.
  7. Serve warm.
  8. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Serves 6

Slow Cooker Chicken and Lentil Stew Recipe

It’s a classic stew but lentils give it a whole new taste and make it amazing to come home to on a long cold winter evening.

Ingredients

  • 1 roasting chicken, cut into 10 pieces (2 wings, 2 drumsticks, 2 thighs and 4 breast pieces) or a large package of any chicken parts
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 2 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 1 sweet potato, peeled and chopped, or 2 baking potatoes
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 handful freshly chopped mushrooms
  • 1 cup lentils, green, black beluga or French Du Puy
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 to 2 bay leaves
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 tsp chopped rosemary or thyme

Directions

  • Toss chicken pieces into your slow cooker. Top with all the veggies, garlic and lentils. Season with the salt, pepper and bay leaves. Pour in water and mix everything together to ensure the lentils are covered and the flavours are evenly distributed. Cook 8 hours on low.
  • Stir in peas, corn and herbs just before serving.

Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes Recipe

Everyone loves Sloppy Joes and this comfort food can be ready when you are if you put it in the slow cooker to start off your day.

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 1 cup onion — chopped
  • 1 cup celery — diced
  • 1 green pepper — chopped
  • 1 garlic clove — minced
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 3 beef bouillon cubes — crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 can tomato paste — 6 0z.
  • 1 1/4  cups water
  • 3 tablespoons vinegar
  • 3 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard

Directions

  1. Heat shortening in skillet and brown meat, discard fat. Combine all ingredients in removable liner, stirring well. Place liner in base. Cover and cook on low 6-8 hours; or high 3-4 hours
  2. Serve over  warmed burger buns or noodles.

Slow Cooker Perogy and Sausage Casserole Recipe

I have made this a few times now and the family loves it.  There is nothing better than coming home from a long cold day and smelling this and knowing that dinner is ready to go.

Ingredients

  • 36 Cheddar Perogies
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 8 oz. block cream cheese
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 pound farmers sausage – sliced
  • salt & pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in your crockpot. Cook on high 3-4 hours, or on low 6 hours.
  2. Serve with a fresh green salad and crusty bread.

Café Chicken Recipe

It’s amazing to come home to a meal like this after a long day.  Supper is ready, the house smells amazing, and on a cold winter day, you are able to have a hot meal within minutes.

Ingredients

  • 2 chickens, about 2-1/2 pound | Cut into eighths
  • 1 onion — chopped
  • 2 garlic — chopped
  • salt & white pepper to taste
  • 1 green pepper — diced
  • 1 medium ripe tomato, peeled seeded and chopped
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in slow-cooker.  Cover pot and set at low.  Cook for 6 to 8 hours, or until chicken is tender.

Slow Cooker Chicken Fajita Soup Recipe

It’s that time of year again, this is a delicious and easy soup that takes 5 minutes to throw into the crockpot and you have an amazing soup ready for dinner.

Ingredients

  • Slow Cooker Chicken Fajita Soup Recipe1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 (10.75 ounce) cans condensed cream of chicken soup
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 2 cups frozen corn
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1½ cups water
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon dried cilantro
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Optional Toppings:

  • sour cream
  • diced tomatoes
  • green onions
  • cilantro
  • lettuce
  • diced avocado
  • tortilla strips

Directions

  1. Spray your slow cooker with cooking spray. Add chicken to the bottom of the slow cooker.
  2. In a medium sized mixing bowl, mix cream of chicken soup, salsa, corn, black beans, water, cumin, and cilantro. Pour over the top of chicken.
  3. Cook on low for 4-6 hours. Remove the chicken and shred with two forks. Place back into the slow cooker and add shredded cheese. Continue cooking until cheese has melted about 15 minutes. Serve with your favorite toppings.

Slow Cooker Butter Chicken with Rice Recipe

Ingredients

  • ½ cup cashews
  • tsp garam masala
  • tsp coriander
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • 8 boneless skinless chicken thighs (or 1 1/2 lbs chicken breast)
  • 1 tsp sesame or peanut oil
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
  • Toasted cashew mixture
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • tsp prepared garlic
  • tsp prepared ginger
  • Pinch of cinnamon and cardamom powder
  • 1 small onion
  • ¾ cup chicken stock
  • ½ cup tomato paste
  • ½ cup yogurt (or sour cream)
  • 1 cup 1% milk
  • ¼ cup Half and Half cream (10% milk fat)
  • 2 Tbsp vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp sweet Thai chili sauce
  • ½ tsp salt (2 mL)
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 1 small red pepper
  • 1 English cucumber
  • 1 cup washed baby carrots
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp Mrs. Dash Italian Seasoning
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups basmati rice

Directions

  1. Smash cashews with a hammer and add to large nonstick fry pan. Add spice, stir and brown nuts and spices until you see a little smoke. Immediately remove from heat. Transfer to a bowl and set aside. In the same pan, heat oil at med-high and sear chicken on both sides. Place in the bottom of a slow cooker.
  2. Add the following ingredients in this order: melted butter, the toasted cashew mixture, paprika, garlic, ginger and spices. Finely chop onion and add to pan as you cut.
  3. Add chicken stock, tomato paste and yogurt, then stir to combine. Stir in milk and cream.
  4. Add vinegar, chili sauce and salt. Stir then leave center crock in fridge overnight.
  5. Turn slow cooker on to low in the morning.
  6. When you are ready to serve, prepare rice.
  7. Wash and chop celery, pepper and cucumber. Place veggies in a medium size bowl.
  8. Toss with olive oil, balsamic vinegar and spice. Let stand in fridge.

Slow-Cooker Buffalo Chicken Sandwich Recipe

Slow-Cooker Buffalo Chicken Sandwich RecipeIngredients

  • 1 package (3.35 lb) boneless skinless chicken thighs (about 14 thighs)
  • 1 3/4 cups Buffalo wing sauce
  • 1 English (seedless) cucumber
  • 12 large sandwich buns, split
  • 3/4 cup crumbled blue cheese

Directions

  1. Spray 3 1/2- to 4-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Place chicken in cooker. Pour 1 cup of the Buffalo wing sauce over chicken. Cover; cook on Low heat setting 7 to 8 hours.
  2. Remove chicken from cooker; place in medium bowl. Place strainer over another medium bowl. Strain juices from cooker; skim fat from juices. Reserve 1 1/2 cups juices. Stir chicken to separate into pieces. Return chicken to cooker; stir in reserved juices. Increase heat setting to High. Cover; cook about 15 minutes or until thoroughly heated.
  3. Meanwhile, cut cucumber in half crosswise. With vegetable peeler, cut 1 strip of peel lengthwise from 1 cucumber half; discard strip that is mostly peel. Continue cutting thin strips lengthwise from cucumber, making about 18 strips. Repeat with other half of cucumber. Set strips aside.
  4. Fill each bun with 1/2 cup chicken mixture, about 3 strips of cucumber, 1 tablespoon of the remaining wing sauce and 1 tablespoon blue cheese.